Definition of paliform in US English:

paliform

adjective

Zoology
  • Resembling or having the form of a stake; specifically (in corals) of the nature of a palus; designating or relating to a vertical projection resembling a palus but joined to the adjacent septum (especially in "paliform lobe", "paliform tooth").

Origin

Late 19th century. From classical Latin pālus pale + -iform.

Pronunciation

paliform

/ˈpeɪlɪfɔːm/